The following are excerpts from "Frustrated Young Men: A Collection of Short Fiction" by John O'Brien: Sometimes he could feel his mind burning, ripe with ideas, each thought rolling around like slick mercury eating through the top of his skull. He would ride the train home from work and feel each precious thought smoking like raw egg fallen on a gas burner. As he closed the door to his apartment and hung his jacket, they would already be half gone like the afterimage of a sunset against his closed eyelids, floating and translucent, and lost when he sat down late every night, after a long day of nothing, to type and write and rhapsodize about his own stupidity.
- from "The Writer"I figured if I played cards with her, if I talked to her, if I cared about her, then maybe. It's funny. Though I didn't know in the beginning, as long as I've known her she's been sick. You begin to wonder if you'd like them if they weren't sick. If their sickness is what keeps you there. Are you their friend who has stuck with them to help them through their sickness or does their sickness make you their friend? - from "Dinner with Caitlin McRay"The question to ask yourself is, does the fact that it is all cliche, that it has all been done before and will be done again, better and more fully, does that make loving Jen so passionately, so violently, somehow ? Does the fact that every teenager probably falls in love with the first person they have sex with decrease the strength of my own feeling? Can I still find sanctity and validity in this thing called love? And more importantly, did she love me? - from "Toby Grey"
A Mt. Hood Press Thriller To reclusive back-country hunting guide, Dylan Baker, it started out like an ordinary day.
Suddenly his best friend and a small army of elite and deadly mercenaries demand he deliver a long-forgotten Bible before they start shooting. While relying on his masterful woodland survival skills to avoid capture and death, he must also find a way to trust the beautiful journalist claiming to help him. Their shocking discovery rocks the foundations of far away Washington D.C.
and forces Dylan to savagely defend himself with nearly every weapon in his grasp.
A professor of Music Analysis dies and his soul travels to meet the Children of the Light, who inquire about how music is learned on Earth. As a teacher on this subtler plane of existence, he is called on to override the merely rational way of understanding and communicating.
Instead, the evolution of sound is used as a metaphor to illustrate the journey of light into matter and the dualities generated by their opposition. The message of this imaginative story is about the linking of human beings to a higher-realm form of communication incorporated into the reality of the Earth of the future.
Ça y est ! Le rêve de Simone se réalise : elle forme maintenant un groupe avec Juliette, Max et William.
Leur nom : Springmud, choisi à la mémoire d’Éric. Et le moins qu’on puisse dire, c’est que les choses démarrent sur les chapeaux de roues pour la nouvelle formation… Un premier spectacle est prévu, et une maison de disques s’intéresse déjà à eux !
Featuring 236 drawings by more than 100 artists, this survey of America's most beloved illustrators includes contributions from Edwin Austin Abbey, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, and Rockwell Kent.
"Ramblings of a Madman Vol. 1" is the first ever compilation of the works of award winning writer Siddhant Shekhar. The stories span a wide cross section of genres, from romance to science fiction, from historical fiction to psychological thrillers and horror. Written over a period of five years, the stories include award winning stories like "Hired" and "Strife After Death" as well as several previously unpublished stories written specifically for this collection.